Series: Hunted #1
Published by: HarperTeen on March 14, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
Hunted was the first 2017 book I read, and not liking it was hugely disappointing. 🙁
Not for me
This was solidly a case of “not for me”. I don’t think Hunted was objectively bad, and I’m not going to tell anyone to avoid it. The style just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I felt like 90% of the book was just sooo slow. There were so many instances of, “and so the weeks dragged on” — just letting us know that weeks were passing by, but we weren’t really involved in them. It just felt like I was being told a bunch of stuff, but was only actually there for some of it. I think maybe the book just didn’t draw me in or captivate me during these parts. I was a bit indifferent.
During these periods, I was reading with my phone next to me and after every other page I was just bored and picked up my phone instead to scroll through Facebook or whatever. I rarely had a desire to keep reading.. I just just trudging along trying to get the book done.
Then it got… poetic?
Then, towards the end, I feel like the book almost took on more of a poetic feel. It wasn’t actually written in poetry, but it had that kind of super metaphorical vibe that just didn’t click with me. It felt… weird? It was like everything was a dream, except it wasn’t. I don’t know, I just couldn’t get into it. It was funky.
I didn’t really love the beast (but wanted to!)
Also, I NEVER cared about the Beast. I really wanted to care, but… I just didn’t. He even had some chapters in the book from his point of view, which had the potential to be interesting, but ultimately I don’t think they added anything. There wasn’t quite enough there for me to really get invested or feel like he was really contributing.
For me, the ending felt unsatisfying because it ended up being View Spoiler » [more of an internal struggle/hurdle than anything else. It never really felt like there was a climax, I guess. I never really felt excited, nervous, or like there was something big at stake.. even if there kind of was. Maybe this is just because of my overall feeling of detachment. Maybe because there wasn’t really a real villain to be my ‘enemy’? « Hide Spoiler]